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Earth, Wind & Fire trumpeter joins bands for tribute

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By Britney Tabor / Staff Writer

Bobby Burns Jr., trumpeter for the band Earth, Wind & Fire, will join the Denton High School jazz bands in a tribute concert to the group on Tuesday.

The show will begin at 7:30 p.m. at the Denton High School Auditorium, 1007 Fulton St., and includes special guest appearances by jazz bands from Calhoun and McMath middle schools and the Texas Woman’s University Jazz Band.

A fundraising dinner will precede the concert at 6:30 p.m. in the high school cafeteria that will benefit the Denton High jazz bands and their Women Jazz Composers Project, which Denton High jazz band leaders say will “commission jazz works by female composers in thBobby Burns Jr., trumpeter for the band Earth, Wind & Fire, will join the Denton High School jazz bands in a tribute concert to the group on Tuesday.

The show will begin at 7:30 p.m. at the Denton High School Auditorium, 1007 Fulton St., and includes special guest appearances by jazz bands from Calhoun and McMath middle schools and the Texas Woman’s University Jazz Band.

A fundraising dinner will precede the concert at 6:30 p.m. in the high school cafeteria that will benefit the Denton High jazz bands and their Women Jazz Composers Project, which Denton High jazz band leaders say will “commission jazz works by female composers in the 2013-2014 school year.” The meal is being catered by Cartwright’s Ranch House.

Burns has been a member of Earth, Wind & Fire since 2004 and tours more than 200 days a year with the band, according to Denton High jazz band leaders. Burns performed with the band at the Nobel Peace Prize award show in 2007, at the White House for President Barack Obama, on American Idol, at two Super Bowl shows, the Grammy Awards and in several other shows.

In a news release from the Denton High jazz program, Burns said he was excited to be a part of the Denton music program and perform with its talented students. He said he hoped the performance educates and grows “ambitious musicians.”

Jesse Woolery, director for the Denton High and TWU jazz bands, said Tuesday’s show will have something for everyone. He said he’s been a fan of Earth, Wind & Fire all his life, and bringing this concert together is “like a dream come true.”

“If you love jazz, if you love R&B and especially if you love Earth, Wind & Fire, there’s something for everybody on this concert,” Woolery said.

Tickets can be purchased in advance at www.dentonjazz.org. Dinner tickets can also be purchased at the Denton High front office prior to the event and at the door Tuesday night. Online tickets for the concert cost $10 for the public and $5 for students and seniors. Tickets at the door for Tuesday’s show cost $12 for the public and $7 for students and seniors. A portion of the concert’s proceeds benefits the Denton Community Health Clinic.

BRITNEY TABOR can be reached at 940-566-6876 and via Twitter at @BritneyTabor.

e 2013-2014 school year.” The meal is being catered by Cartwright’s Ranch House.

Burns has been a member of Earth, Wind & Fire since 2004 and tours more than 200 days a year with the band, according to Denton High jazz band leaders. Burns performed with the band at the Nobel Peace Prize award show in 2007, at the White House for President Barack Obama, on American Idol, at two Super Bowl shows, the Grammy Awards and in several other shows.

In a news release from the Denton High jazz program, Burns said he was excited to be a part of the Denton music program and perform with its talented students. He said he hoped the performance educates and grows “ambitious musicians.”

Jesse Woolery, director for the Denton High and TWU jazz bands, said Tuesday’s show will have something for everyone. He said he’s been a fan of Earth, Wind & Fire all his life, and bringing this concert together is “like a dream come true.”

“If you love jazz, if you love R&B and especially if you love Earth, Wind & Fire, there’s something for everybody on this concert,” Woolery said.

Tickets can be purchased in advance at www.dentonjazz.org. Dinner tickets can also be purchased at the Denton High front office prior to the event and at the door Tuesday night. Online tickets for the concert cost $10 for the public and $5 for students and seniors. Tickets at the door for Tuesday’s show cost $12 for the public and $7 for students and seniors. A portion of the concert’s proceeds benefits the Denton Community Health Clinic.

BRITNEY TABOR can be reached at 940-566-6876 and via Twitter at @BritneyTabor.